St. Brigid… Ireland’s Other Patron Saint

Ireland’s Other Patron Saint Besides St. Patrick and St. Columcille (Columba) there is another revered saint. Mary of the Gael, Ireland’s female patron saint, Ireland’s first nun–however you refer to her, today is her feast day and a great day to celebrate! People often ask me how I got interested in St. Brigid. It’s not a very profound story, but I suppose you can say that she found me. Several years ago...

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Oiche Nollag, Christmas Eve
Dec24

Oiche Nollag, Christmas Eve

There’s a tradition in Ireland to light a candle in the window, leave the doors unlocked, and keep the hearth fire burning to welcome the Holy Family. We’re happy to share more about Irish Christmas tradition with the help of few of our online friends: Felicity’s Blog: An Irish Christmas Eve Tradition Irish Culture and Customs: An Irish Christmas – the Day Before Irish Culture and Customs: Memories of Christmas...

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Christmas Market at Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral
Nov29

Christmas Market at Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral

Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral boasts one of the most unique Christmas shopping experiences in Ireland. Their Holiday Market returns to the church’s 12th Century crypt with 15 stalls of arts, crafts, and jewelry inside and several food vendors on the Cathedral grounds. Before you begin imagining a dark, dank, cold vault, realize that the Cathedral’s crypt offers a much more elaborate (and warm) environment than one...

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Harry Clarke: Genius in Color and Light
Nov05

Harry Clarke: Genius in Color and Light

Ireland’s Harry Clarke created masterpieces of stained glass. Although he died young his reputation was comparable to Tiffany. His art can be found worldwide but Ireland contains the largest concentration of his glorious artwork. You can watch Part Two of the documentary about Clarke  on YouTube. © 2011 Michele Erdvig “Ireland Travel Expert” Web: IrelandYes.com Book: Ireland Dream Trip Custom Itineraries Michele’s Irish...

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The Power of Words in Ireland
Sep14

The Power of Words in Ireland

Words have a magical power. They can raise up the spirits or dash them down. They can bring laughter as easily as tears. Spend words like a miser counting coins. Make each word count. ~ Old Irish Proverb Magical Books Some ancient people believed books were magical, powerful, and could bring fortune. That might be difficult to comprehend today. Sure, we like books, but we wouldn’t go to war over one. We can just make a copy (legally...

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The Vikings in Ireland: “From the Fury of the Northmen, O Lord Deliver Us”
Sep14

The Vikings in Ireland: “From the Fury of the Northmen, O Lord Deliver Us”

by G. Beaverson “Ann. 793 – In this year dire forewarnings came over the land of the Northumbrians, and miserably terrified the people; these were extraordinary whirlwinds and lightenings, and fiery dragons were seen flying in the air. A great famine soon followed these omens; and soon after that, in the same year, the havoc of heathen men miserably destroyed God’s church on Lindisfarne. . .” (Anglo-Saxon Chronicle) The “miserable...

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